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    and it will never be the same. Good ol' Dandy Dave paid us an overnight visit and fun was had by all. His visit could not have come at a better time as I was making my last haul of parts from the barn find purchase. So I guess you could call it a working vacation. But it sure made the task of loading and unloading engines and transmissions and doors and fenders much more fun not to mention easier on this old mans back. Plus I think he has unloaded a few engines in his lifetime. No pictures of us working but here are a few of the good times. This guy is a hoot and has a lot of knowledge stored in that head of his. Rita and I enjoyed his stay immensely. Oh and the Cap'n was there also. Sweet Reet and Dandy Dave "just a swingin" out by Buick Pond This guy is the first visitor ever to Buick Gardens to know what these two things were. Anybody else know? We're saying "Cheers" to all the BCA Forum members here. "CHEERS" . And I think this is when I exclaimed "It ain't heaven, but it'll do til we get there" Rita just kept sayin "this guy is funny" "this guy is a genius" "I love this guy" !!!! WATCH THE UPHOLSTERY SON, watch the upholstery!!!!! Elvis like him too, but I didn't get any shots of him with DD. Maybe Dave did. Dave explained to me the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee... a "yankee" is sombody from up nawth. A "damn yankee" is somebody from up nawth who stays. Thanks for the good times and help Dave, have a good flight back to New Yawk.
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    Saturday was my grandmother's birthday, so I took the car out to visit her. She supposedly drove it off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The car was ordered from the Kessler dealership in Detroit, and she went to go pick it up while my grandpa as on base. The odd thing is that it came with aftermarket mirrors, which I suppose were an afterthought by my grandfather. They later took the car and drove out west where they settled in 1958 and started their family. This is the first time I've driven the car out. Never thought about it before until now, so I made sure to thank her for not getting rid of it after all those years.
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    Ok, for all of you tough guys. Let's go for a ride. It is 15deg F outside and snowing. And the truck started and ran after sitting outside overnight.
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    The weekend went well as did the Buick on the 120 mile outward bound trip. Arriving at the 1910's Carrington Hotel I rounded the car park, heading toward the entrance to find a '41 Buick already parked outside! The night of was a lot of fun with a '20s band followed by drinks and a gramophone on the veranda late into the night. I took the trip home a little more cautiously as the weather was hot (110F) and humid. The Buick soldiered passed lots of overheated modern cars but I stopped a few times along the way to give her a chance to cool off a bit and grab a drink or three. Till the next weekend and the next Buick trip!
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    Smokin and drinkin in the '38!??? Flying DD flew in an aeroplane!! TOO!! Oh my, what's this world coming to?????????? Way cool! Guys!
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    Took Irene out today for the bi-monthly Buick club meet down by the river. Drove very well as always. From here we ventured to an aircraft museum for a look through. The drive home was spectacular with a lightning and thunderstorm show and a few drops of rain. Got home just in time before the big downpour.
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    Another ride to a local show last weekend at Miami Lakes, FL. "Almendrón" took another unexpected first class trophy in it class.
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    Took a mulligan Mr. Earl. Another 70 degree day in Colorado, top down, lunch at A & W.
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    Rita thinks a better idea would be for the Buicks to be gone before the next hail comes or there may be a different hell around here.
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    The Corvette guys are fanatical out numbers matching justifiably because many parts on those cars were numbered and were specific to the year of their manufacture. My numbers matching concern on the '40 is that the engine is actually a '41, but the correct size. The car will run with that engine, and probably look just fine. Upon sale of the car (as my ashes blow with the wind) I seriously doubt my descendants will get a nickle more for the car if I spent thousands more installing a proper serial numbered '40 engine. On that note, I will be satisfied that all the parts combined will give the car the appearance of a 1940 Buick.
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    Sorry Ed, although I myself have been known to use it, that sentimental ploy of "like dad had when I was a kid" ain't working here. The '38 has a new and long term owner. It is actually more than satisfying my longtime desire for a late 20's/early 30's roadster. Now to find that original condition unmolested first gen Riviera....
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    Well thank you Pilgrim, thank you very much. Seriously though, let's not forget, Mr Earl didn't do it alone, if it wasn't for Ned Nickles, would we even have the portholes or sweepspears or the 63 Riviera for that matter? I think not. Not to take anything away from my namesake, but Harley's entire design and engineering team back in the late forties thru the very early sixties i.e. Ned Nickles, Bill Mitchell, Charlie Chayne, Harlow Curtice and others deserve a lot of credit for making Buick's styling what it was and still is today! Just sayin
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    Should we consider Rita an "enabler" of these antics? John
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    Still the best tool there is for fixing old cars.
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    The only thing I can contribute to the conversation is that I COULD NOT get my 57 to stop with 3 different over the counter shoes. I sent them out to a reline shop, put them on, and now the car stops on a dime and gives me 9 cents change............Bob
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    Currently the Bradshaw Group and still selling Chevrolet's and Buick's in Utah
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    I know that both you and Rita would like a Riviera. How about my '90 Riv for the '38 - like dad had when I was a kid. Mom would tell me "It's about time for your dad to be home." I'd run to the end of the drive and wait for him. I'd climb on the running board and he'd put his arm around me and drive me back down to the house.
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    Stolen from another thread here but this looks like a fine tool to have around..
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    Free, you pay postage, which when I bought them 3-4 years ago was around $20 from PA to GA. I think there are like 10 of the big full size and 12 of the small. They all have the wires that hold the magazines in and are in good shape except having been written on with magic marker by the previous owner. I no longer need them as I restored and customized an old file cabinet with car door handles and painted in my fave color, Buick Engine Green.... Respond here then pm me if you want them
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    Just think of all the time they spent at the factory sanding out the car body and chassis with 400 + grit paper so you wouldn't see any sand or production marks.
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    The point is: 'there are limited ways to decorate a jelly bean.'
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    'Numbers matching' (aka drivetrain originality) is only one of many factors to consider when contemplating a classic car purchase. For me, I wouldn't immediately ignore a car with non-original engine, however, it does make me wonder what happened to the car that led to that event. If the car was neglected to the point that the engine failed what does that say about the rest of the car? On the other hand, when it comes to Lotto -- matching numbers is important!
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    Disc brakes need much more pressure to stop the car because it's a clamp, and not a self energizing radial brake like a drum. Drums apply pressure to the outer most part, obviously, of the drum, while caliper pads apply pressure at different radii. It just needs the added oomph of power brakes to really clamp down hard. Also you're going with discs now, Matt? My only advice is stick with the original power brake cylinder and don't try to upgrade it. I've been down that road and nothing works for the under dash units. The space is too tight, the bore is not right and the pedal ratio is too small. I did this when I first started my Buick, and have found that when properly set up, drums and original equipment works best.
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    My "Girls on Buicks" for today, yay!!!
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    OK, here is an update ( 1 year later) on above post on May 19, 2016. The above pics reflect the car when I purchased it with the 20" rims. Those went and I put some wildcat rally rims on it. And then I lowered it 3" all around. The car rides extremely nice for a lowered car. It is a little bouncy, but the suspension handles it nicely. I ended up putting on 215/75/15 tires. No rubbing problems at all. I had the front end aligned as in my original post. Handles and steers perfect. I did replace the rubber bushings on the rear panard bar and it made a substantial improvement in handling and steering. A big improvement! I used the stock Monroe shocks. No need to get different shocks, even with the 3 in drop. The front shocks, in my opinion, could be improved upon by being a bit stiffer. I think it would improve it degree of bounciness a bit. It's not bad at all, and it is what you get with a lowered car. I like the ride. I used the stock spring insulators that were on the car. Work fine. No metal to metal noise. The car height is about 6.75 inch to the bottom of the rocker panel all the way around...front and back...as measured from behind the front wheel and in front of the rear wheel. The front crossmember , which is the lowest part of the frame, is 4" off the ground. And no, I do not scrape. I drive the car a lot and I don't baby it. Regarding the exhaust, I tucked in up along the frame rails, removed the 2 mufflers and put an 1800 series Flowmaster mounted crossways in front of the rear end. 2 in and 2 out, with a nice set of chrome tips barley showing below the rear bumper. It sounds super cool....sort of a Harley rumble and Chris Craft mixed. No drone on the road either. The Riv puts a smile on my face. I enjoy the 401 and dynaflow combo. I have a few more tweaks to do, but for me, working on the car is a much fun as driving it!
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    Start by knocking out the core plugs and cleaning out the block. Most of the crud collects in the block and pulling the head is not the way to clean the block. You need big holes to get inside, not the water passages between the block and head. There is really only one way to clean a block out and that is mechanically. There is no particular mechanical talent needed. Just pure dirty grunt work and a large dose of patience. Don't stop with the job half done. Dig out ALL the crud. Buick straight eights were famous for plugged water passages in the block. In the dealership I worked in in the 60's the mechanics pulled the rad and sent it to the rad shop to be boiled out and then they mechanically cleaned out the block. Some engines had five and up to ten pounds of crud in the water jackets. Go back to AACA GENERAL DISCUSSION and search "buick overheating". There are 242 postings about this problem. If you read them all you will see that owners did every possible thing to the rads, changed fan blades and in the end the only totally satisfactory way is through the core holes. If you doubt where your engine is plugged buy and infrared thermometer and check all the areas of you engine. The only reason the rad gets plugged is because little bits of the crud in the block circulate until the hit a passage that they cannot get through. A clean rad will only stay that way if the block is also clean.
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    Mid twenties Fahrenheit today - but sunny, clear & dry. Took Goldie out for a short jaunt. Good news is this picture is a '2-fer', as I can post over in Winter Buicks as well since I was able to pose her near the only remaining small pile of snow left!
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    Look carefully at your shop manual pictures and take note of the detailing of the shoe, this will tell you what shoes are correct. When I put Roadmaster 2.5 inch-wide brakes on my Super (1954), I ran into the same problem with aftermarket shoes. A slightly different detailing on the bottom made the adjuster hang up a bit and not function right. The discrepancy at the top should probably be adjusted out at the locator pin, which slides up and down. See your FSM for details. Roadmaster 2.5 shoes are harder to come by, they sold a lot less Roadmasters in the day. All other models had the 2.25. My advice, grab two pair of Roadmaster shoes off your closest parts cars, and send them for relining to a shop in your area. Keep one set as spares.
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    I told the guy that VIN , Engine and Trans numbers didn't match before 1958. He dismissivly said that his numbers matching claim wasn't directed towards me, but to someone else in the thread. (From which , I inferred that I should mind my own business) And that his Engine and Trans numbers DID match. I thanked him for teaching me something about Buicks that I didn't know.
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    Shucks,I new you would get hooked on that beauty,looks like Helen and Elvira will be sticking around.When I get my Riv back on the road,I'm am going to make a road trip down to see your Buick farm later this summer.
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    Here is a tool I borrowed from my wife. (She is still looking for it)
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    I think I can't un-see that. lol
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    When I think of the cr.p I have breathed in over the years, I shudder. Though of course I am much more careful in recent years. I too am still healthy, and hopefully will still be for many years. Keith
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    Yeah, went with the 2-1/2" sidewall vs. the 3" or 3-3/8". The Special, being shorter wheelbase than the Super or Roadmaster, I thought the wide whites would have been definite overkill.
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    JD, without knowing what other things are going on besides what is already published this is not an easy decision, especially for the incoming BOD that won't know for awhile it they have been elected. As much as the Forum get together is more of the way things should be, the tours deter from fellowship on the show field and in the swap meet with the cars which is ultimately the reason we get together, but that has been lost in the last 20 years, tours should be limited to mornings or on your own with maps and discounts, Swap meet vendors are really incurring the loss of customers cause they are all out on bus tours for most of the day during the meet! Just my thoughts, but heard from many vendors.
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    A good old time starter generator re-builder would know very quickly whats up with your starter. You need really good heavy battery cables and an Excellent ground to the body and the engine. Do you hear both a click and a heavier clunk ( solenoid pulling the drive gear into the flywheel) ? Those solenoids of that style can be taken apart to quickly see whats the issue. Could possibly be the large diameter copper contact washer to Motor and Battery cable stud wear issue. Meaning No power to the starter windings or a pinion gear adjustment. That solenoid if found will cost dearly....they are hard to find... I think a # SS4206 Autolite.... not even saying that's the problem More diagnostics required!
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    I like the 263 motors, if mine ever wears out thats what I would do. I am having fun trying to keep mine original but like you its even more important to me to be able to have a reliable and drivable car. Total originality went out the window on mine with the addition of the overdrive. After that I painted it and even if its the same color its not original. I think nobody would argue that the bottom line is to have fun and each person decides whats best for them to achieve that.
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    That looks like a Delco solenoid to me. Is it? On a Chrysler? ALMOST everything on that solenoid is rebuildable. The adjustment on the front just sets the pinion depth. There should be a spec in the manual for that. The copper disc has a little spring so that it can bottom out on the copper bolts a little before the solenoid bottoms out. Copper discs if not available can often be taken off and turned upside down. Copper bolts often have half of the heads burned off. They can be replaced. If not available sometimes they can be turned around backwards to get the full height back around the side that contacts the disc. The only thing that cant be fixed is a bad winding. There are 2 windings, check continuity on each of the two windings. I would really need to see the manual to tell you more. Is there a relay inside the cover? If so, look for one winding to be from one of the relay contacts to one of the copper bolts on the solenoid. The other one should be from the same relay contact but to ground. If the windings are good, you can rebuild it. If not, its gonna be expensive. Good luck.
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    And then beat the hell out of him!
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    By all means try taking apart the solenoid. I used to have good results by cleaning up the large copper washer and the mating stud surfaces. You may find better results by simply rotating the washer 90 degrees and the studs 180. If you are able to rotate them, you'll have fresh contact surfaces.
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    I needed that laugh today!!!
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    Looks like another graduate from the Craigslist School of Photography. I wonder why he didn't wait until night. Bernie